Runner's World Guide To Adventure Racing

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How to Become a Successful Racer and Adventure Athlete

Why should you take a pair of sandals, a dollar bill, and a car antenna to your next adventure race? You'll find the answer to that question and many others in Runner's World Guide to Adventure Racing. In this authoritative guide, Ian Adamson shares his insider secrets for training, racing, team building, conflict management, injury prevention, equipment repair, sleep management, and much more. Often referred to as the ...

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Overview

How to Become a Successful Racer and Adventure Athlete

Why should you take a pair of sandals, a dollar bill, and a car antenna to your next adventure race? You'll find the answer to that question and many others in Runner's World Guide to Adventure Racing. In this authoritative guide, Ian Adamson shares his insider secrets for training, racing, team building, conflict management, injury prevention, equipment repair, sleep management, and much more. Often referred to as the Michael Jordan of adventure racing, Adamson helps you navigate any type of adventure race, from short sprint race to full-length expedition.

In this guide, you'll find . . .

- Detailed training plans for recreational and competitive athletes

- Tips for running, hiking, biking, paddling, navigating, and climbing more efficiently

- A no-nonsense guide for what you need from the sporting goods store— and what you don't

- Insider secrets for mending equipment and injuries while in the wilderness

- Adamson's nine favorite foods to pack in your race bag

You'll also read Adamson's humorous, touching, and downright chilling stories of life on the adventure trail. From sprint races to full-length expeditions, Adamson's expert advice will get you and your equipment to the finish line in one piece.

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"Ian Adamson is the leading authority on the sport of adventure racing, taking the science of teamwork, sleep management, navigation, and endurance to an unparalleled level. Ian's entertaining and informative book gives novice and expert racers alike the secrets to tap the depths of our own potential and find the magic to push to the next level. If you are going to read just one book on the sport of adventure racing, this is the ultimate guide!"—Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind athlete to summit Mount Everest
Erik Weihenmayer
Ian Adamson is the leading authority on the sport of adventure racing, taking the science of teamwork, sleep management, navigation, and endurance to an unparalleled level. Ian's entertaining and informative book gives novice and expert racers alike the secrets to tap the depths of our own potential and find the magic to push to the next level. If you are going to read just one book on the sport of adventure racing, this is the ultimate guide!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579548360
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,425,626
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A three-time Eco-Challenge champion, Ian Adamson is the only athlete in the world who has won the Raid Gauloises, Southern Traverse, and Primal Quest races. He also holds the world record for endurance kayaking. Adamson has a master's degree in sports medicine and is a design engineer, pilot, gourmet chef, concert-trained flutist, and advanced scuba diver. He is also an event director, public speaker, and senior contributor to Adventure Sports magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgements xvii
Introduction: The Joys of Adventure 1
Part 1
1. Overview of the Sport: From Short Sprints to Full Expeditions, and Everything in Between 11
2. Big Races, Scenic Places: Everything You Need to Know to Choose Your Event 19
Part 2
3. Fancy Footwork: How to Cover Ground Quickly When on Foot 33
4. Two Wheels: How to Improve Your Road, Mountain, and Cyclocross Skills 43
5. Paddle Craft: How to Improve Your Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting Skills 69
6. Vertigo: How to Improve Your Climbing and Ropes-Course Skills 91
7. Staying Found: How to Improve Your Navigation Skills 107
8. Sports Unlimited: How to Improve Your Skills in the Events You've Never Heard Of 133
Part 3
9. Body Balance: Everything You Need to Know to Get in Shape 143
10. Foods for Thought and Thoughts on Food: Everything You Need to Know about Eating for Performance 159
11. When the Hell Are We?: Everything You Need to Know about Managing Your Sleep 171
12. Physical Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know about Taking Care of Your Body 175
13. The Sports Store: Everything You Need to Know about Apparel, Footwear, Gear, and Equipment 185
Part 4
14. Can't We All Get Along?: Everything You Need to Know about Teamwork and Communication 207
15. How and Why the Best Teams Win: Learn the Tricks and Techniques of the Champions 217
16. Support Crews: How to Get Along with Those Who Work behind the Scenes 227
17. How to Find and Keep Sponsorship: Discover Subtle Tricks That Will Help Pay for Your Adventure 231
Adventure-Racing Resources
Magazines and Web Sites about the Sport 237
Race and Event Web Sites 238
Glossary 240
Sample Training Programs 249
Index 255
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